Commentary

Consistent hay and cattle patterns

Not all relationships hold cleanly over time. One way to keep some perspective and some sanity when trying to evaluate markets is to look for consistency. Are higher calf prices leading to more replacement heifers? FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Corn market is still consolidating

The corn market is still consolidating, and will be until tomorrow’s supply and demand report. Once the report is out of the way, traders will focus on the weather and potential planting delays. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Cattle futures lower this week

Today's jobs report was somewhat encouraging. Although the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent, the economy added 192,000 jobs during March. More people with jobs is positive for meat demand. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures close sharply higher

Live cattle futures closed moderately higher on Thursday, with little sign of cash trade being established. Cutouts were lower, as were the carcass weights. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Cash cattle prices continue to increase

Cash cattle prices continue to increase, with the five area cash cattle price moving up to $152.17. This is a $1.33 jump from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Cash prices cause "sticker shock" Play video

Compared to last week, feeder and stocker cattle sold unevenly steady to 3.00 higher. For the most part, feeder markets defied last Friday’s bearish cattle-on-feed report with even CME Feeder Cattle contracts opening the week with sizeable gains and continuing strong through the week. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices set new record highs

Fed cattle prices set new record highs this week. Through Thursday, the 5-area average price for slaughter steers sold on a live weight basis was $152.26/cwt, up $2.16 from a week ago, up $24.50 from a year ago, and up $1.60 from the last week of February which was the old record holder. FULL STORY »

Fed cattle inventories remain low, but growing

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday afternoon (Mar 21). FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Corn market remains directionless

Corn export sales were very good at 745,800 MT for the old crop. Sales at this pace should result in a higher export estimate in the April supply and demand report. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures close low

Feeder cattle futures closed lower on Tuesday, with weakness in deferred live cattle and stronger corn futures offsetting the record highs in the cash index. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Lower corn prices support feeder cattle futures

Feeder cattle futures got support from sharply lower corn and higher deferred live cattle to close with strong triple digit gains on Monday. FULL STORY »

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